TOM NEALE: I prefer an all-chain rode.
I base this on years of living on the hook in
most types of weather and anchoring over
most types of bottom. Within reason, the
more chain and the heavier the chain that
you have, the better your anchor will hold.
Of course, the rule of thumb is that you
should deploy at least five to seven times the
length of rode as the depth of the water, plus
the height of your anchor roller above water.
But sometimes you need more, as in storms
or certain poor holding bottoms such as
really loose mud.
Chain also helps to keep the boat from
“kiting” about on the hook. As to anticipating wind velocity, it’s unrealistic to think
you won’t be anchoring in hurricane-force
winds. Thunderstorms often generate that
If you must use both nylon and chain
because of storage and/or weight issues, use
as much chain as is practical between the
nylon and the anchor — the more the better.
Never carry so much weight in the bow that
it could impair your boat’s performance and
Chain size can vary with the product.
Manufacturers have charts for their particular
products. The best bet is to buy quality prod-
ucts and consult the manufacturer’s recom-
mendations regarding size for your boat, then
go up. There are “rule of thumb” charts avail-
able at www.BoatUS.com/boattech/articles/
anchoring, but you should give priority to the
TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
I have a 1977 bass boat with a 50-hp
Johnson outboard that puts out almost 15
volts of charge, and the starting battery is the
only one of two batteries being charged. If
the dedicated battery for the trolling motor
needs to be charged while on the water (away
from the dock and shore power), do I need
to switch cables, or batteries? Or could I just
run a jumper wire while the motor is running
between the two batteries and charge both
at the same time, even if it is at a lower rate?
JOHN ADEY: It’s not the voltage we’re
concerned about here when it comes to
charging, it’s the amperage.
I can only assume that your alternator
puts out around 15-20 amperes. This can
Cutaways showing PYI’s PSS
faceplate shaft seal (top) and Tides
Marine lip seal shaft seal (bottom).